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by Carole Feeny |

Adopter Name

Stacy Hamby

Rescue Dog’s Name


Where Did You Find Your Dog?

I found Ember at the Sutter County animal shelter in Yuba City, Ca.

Tell Us About the Moment When You Knew that You Two Were Meant for Each Other.

I was visiting the shelter to look at a different dog, who was not yet available for adoption. I was looking to adopt a small, short haired dog as a companion for my boyfriend at the time’s dog. We had agreed the dog would be mine in case anything ever happened, and I would take responsibility. All he asked was that I picked something small and short haired. The shelter staff told me I could go ahead and check the dogs out. I walked out the door to the dog kennels and was immediately overwhelmed by the noise. All the crying and barking broke my heart, and I wandered the hallway in tears. I read the stories, saw the dog I was supposed to be visiting and kept moving. He had been inquired about a lot, and I would need to be the first one there on Monday to claim him. I kept walking, petting noses and getting kisses. In one kennel, behind a striking white husky female, was a fluffy black dog, with the most adorable eyebrows. I read her story. ”Bear” had been found wandering the streets during the Summer, had been adopted in July, and returned in October. A worker asked me if I wanted to take any one out. I asked for Bear. We walked around the yard and she sucked in the fresh air, sniffing and looking around. She didn’t pay much attention to me, but I didn’t mind. Too soon, I needed to return her, but I told the worker not to put her back. I said she was never going back into that kennel. They held her for me, while I went to the office, ran to the gas station ATM, filled out paperwork, and made it official. They handed her back to me when I stepped outside, and she followed as I walked to the gate to the parking lot. The second we stepped through that gate, she stopped, looked up at me, and began jumping in circles. She was so excited to be out, and I will never forget the way she looked at me. We rode home, with her laying across the center console of my car, never taking her eyes off me while I drove. I couldn’t tell you why I was so drawn to her, my eighty pound fluff b! all, but I know it was meant to be. Three years later, I still joke about my small, short haired dog.

How Has Your Hero Changed Your Life?

I have since lost the boyfriend, but have been with my best friend for three years. She has changed my life for the better in so many ways. She has held me through heartbreaks, changing life paths, and a lot of homework. She has been ever present, watching from across the room, curled at my feet, or sleeping next to me. I have a history of depression and I have found no medicine works as well as my dog. She has helped me to jump my hurtles, and she inspires me. We have gone through Canine Good Citizen training, and are working towards volunteering together. She is my partner, and I look forward to helping lives together.

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